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Posted by W von Papinešu on January 23, 2003 at 20:48:22:
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DAILY REPORTER (Derby, Kansas) 23 January 03 City rewrites proposed pet ordinance (Karen Faley)
Snake owners of Derby have no fear!
Derby City staff heard owners' concerns and rewrote the proposed ordinance which would basically outlaw snakes.
Not only has the snake portion of the ordinance been rewritten, but city staff is also taking a serious look at the proposed regulations concerning other animals, including pit bulls and pot-bellied pigs, said Jenny Thrush, assistant city manager.
With the new revisions, all snakes would be allowed within city limits, said Thrush.
"But boidals, pythons, boa constrictors and anacondas must be enclosed in a proper container and be safe and secure," she said.
Snake owners and Tails & Scales pet store owners were concerned when they read the proposed policy, which was introduced to Derby City Council on Jan. 14. In the ordinance, "constrictors" were outlawed, which pertains to all snakes, including some indigenous to Kansas.
The wording was a mistake, said Thrush.
"We aren't snake people," she said.
She and Phil Alexander, city attorney, were putting together the ordinance proposal and asked Mike Hauschild, Derby Police Chief, for his recommendations.
When he suggested "constrictors" be outlawed, he didn't realize he was outlawing pretty much all snakes, she said.
City staff is still considering if a limited number of snakes should be allowed per household.